> I don't want to re-open the spamming saga, but I am rather alarmed
> to find that the Brown listserver is willing to send out to all
> tei-l list members a virus payload purporting to come from Peter
> Robinson (it doesn't, of course, its true origin is an infected
> machine on the campus of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid ).
> Many people will have had this safely intercepted or flagged by
> their receiving mailhost, but I don't think it's really acceptable
> for a current mailing list not to be able to catch and suppress
> this sort of pernicious traffic rather than blindly propagating it.
> If the current listserver software really can't do this, then I
> think it's time to look for an alternative.
[For those who did not get the infected mail, but really want to
catch the virus, it is archived at
This is more interesting than you might think. Some years ago I set
which means that any attachment that has a MIME type other than "text"
(or "text/[something]") is to be rejected. I've had enough "I can't
attach X" messages over the years to have been convinced it was
working just fine. This attachment is of type
application/octet-stream, so I don't understand at all how it got
distributed, if it did. (I never saw it, and last I knew Brown's mail
server would deliver such files with the attachment stripped out.)
I'll try to look into this a bit, but I'm not very confident I'll
find anything useful. Generally speaking, BTW, I'm told LSoft's
LISTSERV (the software tei-l uses) is very good at this sort of